November 25th, 2010
PROVIDENCE â You probably thought you would never again see one of those old-fashioned voting machines with the little metal levers next to candidatesâ names and the curtain that opened and closed behind voters for privacy.
But if you want to, you can.
PAWTUCKET â When she had finished eating, Shirley Bergeron bundled herself back up and began walking toward the St. Joseph's Church basement exit when someone asked if she enjoyed her meal.
âAre you kidding? I'm stuffed!â gushed Bergeron, a 54-year-old Pawtucketer who took part in the first of two seatings at the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's annual Thanksgiving Feast, held Wednesday afternoon at the Walcott Street parish.
PAWTUCKET â There was no quit in Freddy Gobewole.
On a night in which his heart was his biggest ally, Gobewole willed his way to a 16-yard score with 46.7 seconds remaining. That snapped a 7-7 game and gave Shea an eventual 14-7 triumph over semifinal-bound Tolman Wednesday night at student-dominated crowd at Max Read Field. The Raiders lead the holiday series by a 5-4 count.
PAWTUCKET -- This wasnât a three-hour barnburner, nor was it as high-scoring as their memorable Division II quarterfinal-round playoff game that transpired 11 days ago.
Instead, the inaugural Thanksgiving Eve showdown between St. Raphael Academy and Johnston High turned into a letdown by the Saints, who turned in a lackluster showing in a 30-6 loss to the Panthers at McCoy Stadium.
Sharon M. Introini
MANSFIELD, MA - Sharon M. (McCarthy) Introini, 56 of Mansfield formerly of Pawtucket passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday November 21, 2010 at home. She was the beloved wife of Robert G. Introini, with whom she shared 29 years of marriage.
Born in Pawtucket, RI on February 17, 1954, she was daughter of the late Lawrence P., Jr. and Joan E. (Butler)McCarthy.
PAWTUCKET: Manny Neves, 46, passed unexpectedly on November 22nd, 2010.
Born in Central Falls, the son of Manuel T. and Sally (Seau) Neves of Pawtucket.
Manny was an 8th degree Black Belt World Champion in Muay Thai at the age of 42 and still holds the light - heavy weight title.
Since 1985, he has been a Martial Arts school proprietor and currently the owner of Elite Martial Arts of Lincoln.
He trained with his uncle Bert Neves for many years.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Sandy Gorham has the sentiment of the holiday season down pat â from a football perspective, of course. The veteran East Providence High head coach is thankful that his Townies donât have the playoffs-at-stake drama thatâs hovering over La Salle Academy heading into Thursdayâs renewal of the longest running holiday sports rivalry between any two Rhode Island high schools.
Thereâs no need to panic over the Red Sox losing Victor Martinez to Detroit in a free agent signing on Tuesday. The Red Sox will find a catcher somewhere. It would be better if they could develop one through their farm system but their best prospect is at least two years away from competing for a big league job.
PROVIDENCE, RI â Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of his transition committee, which will help maintain and recruit the top legal talent at the Office of Attorney General while providing policy recommendations.
PAWTUCKET â Continuing an exchange program that began last year, a group of 11 Shea High School students is bound for China this April.
Shea High School Principal Chris Lord announced that the second annual two-week visit to Heng Shui High School in the Hebei Province of China will be taking place and that fundraising efforts have begun. The exchange program that began last year was initiated by former Schools Supt. Hans Dellith, who visited China with a group of other Rhode Island educators as part of an exchange initiative.
Viola T. Wilson
PAWTUCKET - Viola T. Wilson, formerly of Lockbridge St, Pawtucket died Monday, November 22, 2010. She was the wife of the late Richard M. Wilson Sr.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred(Thompson) Broadmeadow. She was a supervisor at Hasbro in Pawtucket for many years.
Ann J. Dalton
SEEKONK - Ann J.(Cahalan) Dalton 93 a long time resident of Seekonk, MA died Sunday. She was the loving wife of the late Sterling A. Dalton for over 60 years.
She was a dedicated volunteer to her church and community.
She is survived by her children Richard Dalton, Barbara Ridings, Patricia Dalton and Elizabeth Camerlin, two grandchildren Christopher Ridings and Dalton Paget and two great granddaughters.
Jeanne M. Martin
ALBION - Jeanne M. Martin, 89, formerly of School St. Albion, died Sunday at Mt. St. Francis Health Care Center in Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Louis P. Martin.
Born in Albion she was a daughter of the late Napoleon and Clara (Lusignan) Robidoux. She was a lifelong resident of Albion.
Mrs. Martin worked as a supervisor for American Tourister and also at Berkshire Hathaway before retiring.
Margaret E. Cookson
Seekonk - Margaret E. Cookson of Seekonk, MA and formerly of Pawtucket, RI died November 22, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. Margaret devoted her life to her family and always had hugs and smiles to give. She loved nothing more than playing Yahtzee with her family and cards with her friends. She had a love affair for all things sugary sweet and a green thumb with Christmas cactuses.
Raymond Breton Sr.
CENTRAL FALLS - Raymond Breton Sr., "Pepere" 99, formerly of Samoset Ave, passed away peacefully at Oakland Grove Health Center on November 20, 2010. He was the husband of Germaine (Daunais) Breton.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Philias and Rosana (Latimer) Breton.
He had been employed as a mechanic for over 30 years.
Antoinette M. Smith
CUMBERLAND - Antoinette M. Smith, 92 of Cumberland, died Wednesday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Edward H. Smith. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Peter J. and Hilda (Ladebauche) Cardin,she had lived most of her life in Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET -â Itâs just a natural fit, having Tolman and Shea as Thanksgiving rivals. The holiday series may still be in its early stages â Wednesday night at Max Read Field marks the ninth installment, with each side winning four â but the way the two sides appreciate what the game truly means, itâs as if the Tigers and Raiders have been doing this for many moons.
For that, the credit belongs to the two men responsible for shepherding the programs: Tolmanâs Dave Caito and Dino Campopiano of Shea.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs a long journey from early September to late November for most football teams. Very few have covered as much distance as the 2010 St. Raphael Academy football team.
The Saints, who dropped down from Division I this year, opened their Division II-B season with a 37-0 loss to Tolman that had been a long time in the making for the Tigers, who were on a mission that night. Two weeks later, the Saints dropped a 16-0 decision to Woonsocket and seemed dead in the water.
LINCOLN â Dave Waycott is currently bouncing around the same dilemma 14 other playoff-bound head coaches around the state are pondering as they prepare for their respective Thanksgiving matchups.
âDo you play (your players) to keep them sharp or rest them to avoid getting hurt?â the Lincoln head coach asked. âIâve been going back and forth with this. I havenât really decided what weâre going to do when we play them.â
LINCOLN â With the first public unveiling of the edifice to be called only âThe Center,â Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond and State Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith called Saturday morning a glorious moment for Lincoln.
It was easy to tell by the glow in the eyes of 89-year-old Gladys McKee that she heartily agreed.
McKee, a former Cumberland resident who now calls Lincoln home, relaxed in the main lobby of the state-of-the-art, 11,000 square-foot facility â following a ceremony attracting perhaps 200 â and reveled in its beauty.